Ariana Grande speaks for first time on Pete Davidson's Manchester bombing joke

Pete Davidson faced a backlash over a bad taste gag about the bombing at an Ariana concert which killed 22 people last year.

He said Ariana must realise how famous she has become because "Britney Spears didn’t have a terrorist attack at her concert".

The mum of one victim called the gag "heartbreaking and outrageous" — while another branded the stand-up comic "disgusting".

Ariana finally broke her silence over the controversy after fans quizzed her.

A Twitter user wrote: "I respect Ariana and I want her to be happy and everything, but she was just broken after the Manchester bombing, so I don’t know why she is still with Pete.

"Like yeah he made that joke a while ago, but like it’s not funny, it’s just rude. This is my opinion."

Ariana wrote back: "This has been v tough and conflicting on my heart.

"He uses comedy to help people feel better about how f***d up things in this world are.

"We all deal with trauma differently. I of course didn’t find it funny.

"It was months ago and his intention wasn’t/is never malicious but it was unfortunate."

Pete's  fireman dad died in the 2001 Twin Towers attack in New York.

Davidson, 24, and Ariana, met as she presented Saturday Night Live in 2016.

The No Tears Left To Cry singer became engaged to Pete last month after a whirlwind romance.

ISIS-supporter Salman Abedi, 22, detonated a bag packed with nails and explosives as crowds left the Ariana Grande gig at Manchester Arena.

Mum Charlotte Hodgson, who lost her 15-year-old daughter Olivia Campbell-Hardy in the attack, told the paper: "For anyone to joke about this situation is disgusting and I think he should publicly apologise for it."

Saturday Night Live star Davidson's joke reportedly fell flat at the LA Factory gig where British tourists were among the audience.

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